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Get a meal, get a charge: Nissan plans EV network

Burger, fries, and a few kilowatts. That could be a typical fast-food order if Nissan North America has its way.

Automotive News

Automotive News

NASHVILLE--Burger, fries, and a few kilowatts.

That could be a typical fast-food order if Nissan North America has its way.

To make the country a friendly place for electric vehicles, Nissan will ask fast-food restaurants and other roadside stops to install EV recharging stations.

Thirty minutes on a commercial charger could provide an 80 percent battery charge--enough for about 80 extra miles in the Nissan electric car scheduled for 2012, the automaker says. Customers would pay for the electricity with a credit card.

Nissan also will ask dealers to install recharging stations as a courtesy to drivers who pass through town, says Mark Perry, Nissan's director of product planning and strategy. Nissan's first recharging dealership will be in Sonoma County, Calif., Perry says.

The proposals are part of an effort to create a nationwide recharging infrastructure as Nissan prepares to put EVs in U.S. showrooms in 2012.

Nissan is talking with state governments, utility companies, parking garage owners, restaurants, and businesses about installing recharging stations anywhere people might park their cars long enough to recharge.

"The enabler for adoption of electric-vehicle technology is the charging network," Perry says. "It will take three layers of charging: home chargers in the garage; workplace charging, including parking lots and garages in downtown business areas; and a public infrastructure built around the normal transportation areas, shopping malls, movie theaters, restaurants, and airports."

Nissan's first EV will be a five-seater that uses a new-generation lithium ion battery to deliver a driving range of 100 miles per charge.

(Source: Automotive News)